All assumptions done by mr Krakauer. That he is not presenting all facts. And that he present himself as a hero of high alltitude climbing.
get fact right and dont assume stupid things
All of it!!
I had to take a break from it, sit down and make myself a cup of tea toward the end. It was hard to take it all in. You can really feel his guilt and his pain. Very powerful and moving story.
Krakauer for his best effort to recall exactly what happened, even if it doesn't put him in the best light.
The part where the climber left for dead, wakes up, climbs down the mountain and into his tent on his own.
The realization that his memories about Hall were all wrong. That he never saw him come down the mountain, it was someone else. This guilt continued/continues to haunt him. He couldn't even bring himself to call Hall's wife and it doesn't sound like she ever forgave him. Since this is a true story, I can not say that I am entertained by it. But is shows his humanity and you just want to cry for him, for the family, for the whole tragedy. I can't even imagine being there listening to the radio transmissions as everything unfolded. It is too much to take in.
I really enjoy adventure type books and this one ranks right up there with the best of them (Unbroken, Lone Survivor, etc.). I really enjoyed the narration by the author. His matter of fact style really appealed to me.
Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer
This is in my Mt Rushmore of true adventure stories with Perfect Storm, Blackhawk Down, and Endurance.I have now read it once, and listened to it twice, and I believe that this is one book that needs to be listened to. Krakauer does an amazing job with his narration.
Rob Hall communicating with wife and friends from high on Everest. Them cajoling and pleading with him to get moving, and knowing that no one can reach him.
There's something about listening to this book outside in the winter cold at night while walking the dog that really speaks to me. The whole time I wrestle with how these folks can just give up. But its so easy down at sea level and 30 deg F, and I think about being at 8,000 m, sub zero temperatures, gale force winds, and what that must feel like to just sit down and die.
What is it that pushes people into the high, dangerous places of the world? This book helps to understand this question.
Kradauer's reading of his own story of the 1996 Everest disaster is really compelling, even if you know the story going in. Highly recommend to anyone that has any curiosity about high altitude climbing in general or the incident in particular.
Great book which is perfect for audible, especially since Krakauer does the narration himself. Anyone with even the slightest interest in hiking, mountaineering, or camping will absolutely love this book.
I listened to the 1st 5 hours on a car trip and the remainder the next day. There were times when I was on the edge of my seat. The author's performance took a little getting used to as at times it was monotone. But the story itself was so great - makes one wonder why people put themselves through this ordeal!
I found the story well told. Perhaps the voice is a little monotone, but this isn't a fairy tale, its someones life experience. I especially like the quotes at the beginning of the chapters from various authors about Everest, and the author gives a brief account of some of the early attempts to climb Mt Everest which is interesting.
The story is a story of grief and sadness, so if you are looking for an uplifting story, this is not it. There are some redeeming portions, but on the whole I felt sadness in listening to this story. I think Jon shows lots of bravery exposing his thoughts to the world, I think those that are critical lack compassion and understanding of the predicament they were placed in.
This is a book you'll likely think about for a long time. It's an extremely well-written true account of his ill-fated expedition to Mt. Everest. Krakauer is a master, he keeps you in suspense even though you know the tragic outcome. One of the best books I've listened to in a long time.
Oh man, begin this book on a long drive or something. You won't be able to stay away from it long once it starts. Joh keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story! He has a nice narration voice as well.